22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fort Collins
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 6 nights

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Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbey of St. Walburga and 1883 Water Works. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Hunters Moon Meadery. Go for a jaunt from Fort Collins to Hurrich to see Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fort Collins trip planner.

London, UK to Fort Collins is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Fort Collins to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum ©
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum

3
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Estes Park sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs travel planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 23°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods and identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 35°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Visit Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get engrossed in the history at Littleton Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Denver sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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